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cancel its season ending banquet at the mandalay bay resort. the owner of wheldon's race team sam schmidt issued a statement that said, "dan wheldon was a tremendous competitor, a great racer, and an even better person. it was an honor to have him be a part of our team." wheldon was survived by his wife and two children. steve jobs' family and friends are staying silent about a memorial service for the apple founder. they hosted the service last night more than a week after he passed away from pancreatic cancer. the memorial was by invitation only. those in attendance won't even say how long it lasted or how many people were there. governor jerry brown declared it steve jobs day in the state. maryland legislature gather for a special session this morning for a redistricting plan. democrats currently hold 6 of
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the state's 8 congressional seats. lawmakers need to pass a redistricting bill before the 2012 presidential primary elections. it is just about 4:31. we're going to take our first look at the forecast. tom kierein is here. tom, we had a spectacular weekend. i hope it stays that way for the rest of the week. >> today will have some changes on the way. jim handly stayed up all night just to be with us. >> that's one change, right? i couldn't sleep. >> great to have you with us. we have a weak cool front that's beginning to approach us. it's not going to be as beautiful as it was over the weekend. it's still going to be a rather mild pattern. over the past 24 hours, these clouds have been on the increase. some sprinkles right now in frederick county, maryland. farther west in allegheny, garrett county, and northern west virginia, a few sprinkles there, they're advancing east. they may make it into the shenandoah valley. and perhaps as far east as loudoun, montgomery county, over the next couple of hours or so.
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right now around the region, we are on the mild side compared to what we had the last few mornings. we're down into the low to mid-60s in a few years. right now reagan national at 65. low 60s in prince george's, montgomery, arlington, and fairfax counties. for today, we have our sunrise getting later and later. not until 7:19 this morning. by midmorning any of the cloudiness or chance of sprinkles should be done and a little sunshine breaking out. we'll have then a mostly sunny, later part of the afternoon. highs before then should climb briefly into the mid-70s by early to late afternoon. a look at changes for tonight, the night planner in about ten minutes. danella, good morning. how's traffic? >> good morning. if you're taking the beltway in montgomery county, still have construction going on, inner loop and outer loop. want to talk to you about the outer loop making your way from new hampshire avenue driving toward georgia avenue, only the left lane gets you by. you can see the cars here all sticking to the left to get by the construction as construction workers work to pick up the
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cones there. if you're taking 95 in virginia, not seeing any problems there. this is what the view looks like from fairfax county parkway. traveling 95 north and south in virginia, so far you are clear. if you continue to make your way towards 395 here is the scene at glebe road, nice and clear as you make your way to the 14th street bridge. >> danella, thank you. happening today, the man accused of killing a germantown mother will be in court in charlotte, north carolina. curtis lopez will have his first appearance on a homicide charge this afternoon. jane mcquain was found dead in her home last week. her 11-year-old son william mcquain is still missing. police tracked the mother's missing suv to a hotel in charlotte, where they arrested lopez last week. in germantown, a host of people, some who never even met the mcquains, are offering to help search for the missing child. volunteers did just that this weekend and gathered in numbers to support them. meanwhile, police have a search going of their own.
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news 4's darcy spencer has those developments. >> reporter: friends, neighbors, classmates, teammates, and coaches gather to pray for the safe return of 11-year-old william mcquain. >> the kids are actually doing much better than the adults, i would say, because the parents feel like it could be one of our kids. we all feel like william was one of our own. >> william mcquain's mother was stabbed to death in her apartment on wednesday. her husband curtis lopez was charged with the murder. william hasn't been seen since then. his team dedicated today's game to him. >> i remember her telling me, even though she encountered a lot of tough times, her mission was to give her all to william because he was all that she really had. >> meantime, police from multiple agencies spent eight hours searching for william at damascus recreational and little
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bennett parks in montgomery county on horseback, on foot, and with cadaver dogs. police would only say the investigation led them to search those areas. >> today detectives were following up some leads from information they developed that brought them here today to search the woods for william. >> reporter: friends and neighbors formed a search party sunday morning looking for william in wooded areas near his home. >> we're hurting. we miss jane. we miss william. we want to be a voice for jane. we want to bring william home. >> reporter: relatives of william's biological father also came out to the neighborhood. many hadn't seen the child in years, if ever, and learned of his disappearance on the news. >> and i'm hoping and praying that we can find little william, and we can come together and find out that he has a grandmother that loves him. >> that was darcy spencer reporting. look for continuing coverage on
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this story on news 4 and online at nbcwashington.com. a montgomery county teacher accused of choking and punching her first grade students goes on trial today. she was arrested back in february on assault and abuse charges. nine of her students at greencastle elementary school say she physically assaulted them on school property. some of the 6 and 7-year-olds say they were choked while others say they were kicked, punched, scratched, or had their arms squeezed. we're learning more today about the federal investigation into d.c. mayor vincent gray's election campaign. "the washington post" is reporting fingerprints have been collected from former mayoral candidate sulaimon brown as well as a campaign consultant. those prints could help determine who handled documents, money orders, and cash. sulaimon claims gray paid him to launch verbal attacks against then mayor adrian fenty. president obama is on tour
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again this morning to discuss jobs and the economy. the president is kicking off his three-day bus tour in asheville, north carolina, this morning. he'll make several stops in north carolina and virginia during the tour. mr. obama is trying to gain support for his jobs plan which has failed to gain traction in congress. u.s. futures are up this morning after world stock markets rise this morning. investors attribute the upswing to improved u.s. retail sales to renewed efforts to contain its debt. they reported the biggest gains in seven months in september. worries about the debt also eased following the meeting of a grup of 20 finance chiefs over a weekend in paris. the dow was up 166 points. the nasdaq shot up 47 points. and the s&p 500 was up about 20 to 2092. it appears the redskins may have a new starting quarterback
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after the team lost to the philadelphia eagles yesterday. skins qb rex grossman threw four interceptions in the 20-13 loss at fedex field. he didn't even finish the game. head coach mike shanahan benched him in the fourth quarter. john beck took over, but he couldn't lead the team to victory. grossman says he's still confident he has what it takes to win even after being pulled from the game. >> i believe in myself no matter if the whole stadium doesn't, coaching staff doesn't. you know, whatever the situation is. i believe in myself that every single play i'm going to get it done. so i fall back on that. >> so has rex grossman lost his job as starter? we'll tell you what coach shanahan told us about his quarterback going forward in the season a little later this half hour. another quarterback controversy, jim. >> it was an ugly three quarters. >> oh, it really was. i was still pulling for him, hoping they were going to do a comeback maybe. >> it is now 4:38, still 63
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degrees on this monday morning. ahead on "news 4 today," why police arrested a noted civil rights activist on the steps of the supreme court. we have the latest on cornell west.
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welcome back. if you are an nbc 4 facebook fan, you can win an apple i touch today. just like our nbc washington facebook page and sign up to win great prizes. we'll pick a winner and then make the announcement at the 11:00 p.m. news cast. tom kierein with our forecast. some changes on the way. over the last 12 hours, we've had an increase in clouds after a gorgeous weekend. clouds closed in last night, now playing peek-a-boo with the cloud cover. some scattered sprinkles in the pan panhandle of west virginia, frederick county, maryland. right now 65 at reagan national. 50s shenandoah valley and parts of western maryland. so for this morning we have a
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small chance of a few sprinkles between now and 8:00 or 9:00. some sunshine after that. during the afternoon, becoming mostly sunny with highs reaching low to mid-70s. a mild monday on the way. this evening, sunset 6:27. mostly clear throughout the early evening and a few clouds closing in by midnight near 60 degrees. a look at big changes on the way. some rain. we'll talk about that, the rest of the week and weekend coming up. danella, how's traffic? as we head up to 270 in maryland, this is the view on west montgomery avenue. clear on 270 north and south, not seeing any problems there. shooting down to virginia, i-66 at sudley road is clear. in fact, not seeing any issues on the inner loop and outer loop. as you continue east through the rosslyn tunnel, it is a breeze this morning. now back to you both. 4:43. 62 degrees. still to come, it's about that time to enroll in your health benefits. what you need to know that will save you and your family money this year. we go one on one with redskins coach shanahan.
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4:45 is your time now. the manslaughter case against michael jackson's personal physician will teenter a new phe this week in los angeles. the defense will have its turn to present its case against dr. conrad murray after three weeks of damaging testimony by the i jackson the last dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol that killed the singer. the prosecution is supposed to wrap its case this week after calling an expert on propofol. the man accused in the disappearance of a woman from aruba will be in court today. a judge will consider whether to release gary giordano, who has been on the island since three
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days after robyn gardner disappeared. he told police she never came back from a snorkeling trip. aruban police have said they believe giordano had a role in her disappearance. prosecutors have called giordano a suspect in a suspicious death. gardner's body has not been found. herman cain is trying to keep his momentum going in the race for the republican presidential nomination. the former godfather's pizza ceo is making the rounds on television trying to build support for his campaign. while appearing on "meet the press" on sunday, cain says his proposals are what america wants and make him more than just the flavor of the week. he also says the current tax system is broken and his 9-9-9 plan will make things much more transparent. >> there are sneaky taxes and ways the american people get taxed that we don't even know about. what 9-9-9 does, it makes it very visible so that the american people can hold the
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feet of congress to the fire. >> many independent analysts say cain's plan would lower taxes on the rich and raise them for the middle class americans, a view the georgia man disputes. but he concedes that some people might end up paying more. cornell west is due in a d.c. courtroom this morning. he was one of several people arrested in a protest called occupy supreme court. it was an anti-war, anti-corporate greed demonstration. the group no cure for that posted video of it on youtube. west and others refused to leave supreme court grounds. he joined the protest after leaving the dedication for the new martin luther king memorial. ♪ we are children we shall not be moved ♪ today marks one month since occupy wall street protests began. similar demonstrations have been held across the country and all around the world now, all with messages of anti-corporate
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greed, among others. in chicago police literally tore apart a tent city in grant park when protesters who didn't have a permit refused to leave. crowds held large demonstration ins europe this weekend. rome is now cleaning up after groups smashed store windows and set cars on fire. this morning a team of engineers and architects will look for additional damage to the national athecathedral causy the august earthquake. the difficult access team will rappel down the cathedral. this is the same team that investigated the washington monument after the quake. workers have already started to repair some of the cathedral's spires that have been damaged. the cathedral is now closed. it is scheduled to reopen to the public next month. you can call it a reality check for redskins fans. their hopes for a brilliant season after a 3-1 start are a bit dimmer this morning after the skins fell to the philadelphia eagles yesterday. the eagles jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first half and never looked back.
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they were helped by quarterback rex grossman's four interceptions. head coach mike shanahan benched grossman in the fourth quarter in favor of john beck. our own dan hellie caught up with the coach after the game to assess the loss. >> bye week rust, coach? is there such a thing? you guys, at least offensively, didn't seem sharp really anywhere initially. >> we only had the ball 21 plays in the first half and couldn't get anything going. you got to make some third downs. we had a couple penalties that put us back. we had a couple of mistakes, and they did a good job controlling the tempo in the first half. our defense in the second half came back and shut them off to give them some opportunities on offense to at least get back in rhythm. we settled for a field goal here and there and just couldn't put the ball in the end zone. >> you had some interceptions from your defense. they shut them out there in the second half, as you said. do you think you waited too long to pull rex after that fourth interception? >> well, you want to give the guy an opportunity, especially when he gets all the reps during
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the week. he's got to prove to me he can't come back. i told him, rex, at the end of the first half, when he got a little drive going, hey, he may get things going. thought he had a great pass there. that play put him in the perfect position. you can't second guess yourself. all you can take a look at is a guy like john who came in and really played well. >> he came in cold, and he did play well. why, though, at the end, was there no hurry-up offense. you guys seemed to be taking your time at the end. >> first of all, you want to score. then when you do kick off, you've got plenty of time if you can stop them. you've got to run the football to win the football game. so many times the team will get in a hurry up offense, and they forget how to score. they have the opportunity to score that second touchdown. we had plenty of time to score. the one thing i'm disappointed with the defense in the second half. they knew they had to run. they line up with two tight ends, and usually people count on the football. i'm disappointed there.
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overall, we shut them out in the second half. >> coach, before we let you go, is the quarterback decision one you make early in the week and announce, or are you going to wait until later and keep people guessing. >> i'll take a look just like all positions. we announce something like that. we wouldn't try to surprise them. >> i don't know how much he wants to look at those films over and over again. pretty depressing. >> exactly. john beck couldn't pull off the comeback. we were hoping for it in the fourth quarter. that was a tough game to watch. tough loss. >> i blame it on the weather. >> it's all your fault. >> it was too beautiful. >> too distracting. it was too nice. >> everybody was like, oh, this is a great day. wham. and that's what happened. it was a gorgeous day. we had a great weekend. now this morning we've had clouds closing in. good morning, i'm meteorologist tom kierein. there's the washington monument under a partly to mostly cloudy sky, 65 at reagan national. it's comfortably dry. not too humid. we've got wind coming out of the
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west/northwest at around 5 to 10 miles an hour. we have a weak cool front out of the mountaining trs triggering sprinkles. here in panhandle of west virginia, charlestown, marti martinsburg, and hagerstown getting a few sprinkles to northeast of frederick. and getting a few light showers in the northern part of west virginia and far western maryland and garrett and allegheny counties. temperatures there in the low 50s behind the front. ahead of the front, it's mild. low to mid-60s. right now 65 at reagan national. near 60 in prince george's, arlington, fairfax, and arlington counties. our sunrise at 7:19. a little sunshine in and out this morning. just a small chance of a sprinkle now between 8:00 and 9:00. after that, becoming mostly sunny as we claim to low to mid-70s by midafternoon. this evening we'll cool it down, becoming increasingly cloudy, near 60 by midnight.
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sunset at 6:27. by dawn tomorrow, it will be chilly. 50 degrees much of the region. highs 60 to near 70 with increasing clouds. late tuesday night probably after midnight. through the day wednesday into wednesday evening rain likely. highs only in the 60s. much cooler after that thursday and into the weekend. mornings in the 40s. afternoon highs only in the 50s to around 60 degrees. lots of sun friday, saturday, and sunday. danella, how's traffic? >> good morning. taking the american legion bridge, not seeing any problems there. also, as you're making your commute on the outer loop of the beltway in montgomery county, still a little slow as you make your way from new hampshire avenue and head towards georgia avenue while crews are working to pick up the construction cones there. and as we're taking a look at 95 in virginia, still very clear at fairfax county parkway, traveling 95 north and south. not seeing any problems. as you continue on to 395, the scene at edsall is clear. in fact, clear to the 14th street bridge. now back to you both. >> thanks so much, danella.
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time now 4:54. after a month long delay, the martin luther king memorial is finally dedicated. we'll take you there.
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welcome back at 4:57. the new martin luther king jr.
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national memorial is now an official part of the national mall. an estimated 50,000 people gathered to dedicate the new monument. ♪ lord lead me on >> aretha franklin sang "precious lord," one of dr. king's favorite hymns. president obama also visited the new memorial before he gave the keynote address at yesterday's dedication. the ceremony was originally scheduled for august. organizers had to postpone it because of hurricane irene. well, it's that time of year again, folks. open enrollment is under way, meaning millions of americans are reviewing and selecting their health benefits for the next year. because health care reform is kicking in this year, there are some procedures being offered free of charge. that includes preventative procedures like immunization for children, colonoscopies, mammograms, and control tests. >> valuable services for free. no deductibles, no copays, no nothing. it's paid 100% by insurance, no
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matter what kind of plan you have. >> experts say look for incentive based wellness programs that reward employees for making healthy choices. that can also help decide how much pretax money to put into flex or health savings accounts. >> first lady michelle obama will host a special reception at the white house today. she's honoring students that met her goal to double the number of participants in one year in the healthy u.s. schools challenge. that challenge is to get healthier foods into schools. the first lady has participated in a number of initiatives to fight childhood obesity, including her let's move campai campaign. a 100-year-old canadian man sets a record in the guinness book of world recordses. singh is now the oldest person to complete a full marathon. singh successfully completed the feat in a little more than eight hours. he was the last competitor to complete the course. good for him, wow. >> who ces

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